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Spring 2020
Volume 44, Number 1

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Want to comment on a story? Send letters to: Readers Write, WNR magazine, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, or email to DNR Magazine. Limit letters to 250 words and include your name and the community from which you are writing.

Silhouetted man fishing from pier at sunrise


I was camping in Armstrong Creek with my wife and her family, and my dog woke me up to go potty at 6.30 a.m. I was not happy about that, but because of that I happened to see this amazing image of a guy fishing from a dock that I was able to capture with my phone.

Francisco Guazzone
Green Bay

Small green frog sitting on pink flower


While working among my zinnias, I noticed what I believed was a piece of dirt or leaf on one of my blooms. I almost brushed it off. After taking a closer look, I discovered I was looking at a tiny green frog. It was only the size of my thumbnail. I did a little research and think it may be a European treefrog. I can only guess or imagine how this little frog came to be here among my zinnias in Wisconsin. Can you verify if this is correct?

My husband and I both enjoy Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine and look forward to your many interesting stories in each issue.

Marion Runge
Wind Lake

DNR conservation biologist Rori Paloski replies: "That's a great photo! The frog is either a gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor) or Cope's gray treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis). These two species are physically identical and can only be differentiated by their breeding call, DNA or chromosome number. Interestingly, the gray treefrog has four sets of chromosomes, while the Cope's gray treefrog has two sets. These species are also unique in that they can change color based on their surroundings, most often seen as a shade of green, gray or brown. Although this frog hasn't turned pink to match the flower, the green coloring is probably an indication of all the green vegetation in the area!"

Mother opossum walking through grass with 11 babies clinging to her back


We recently saw this mother opossum strolling through our yard carrying 11 little ones – five on the right side of "mama" and six on her left side. Seems like a heavy load. She apparently was moving them to a new location early in the morning when we saw her and took pictures. We haven't seen her since then, but know they are usually seen during the night, rather than daytime.

We thought the photo might be of interest to your readers. We get your magazine and enjoy it so much.

Dick and Jan McLeod
Rochester, Minnesota

Large clam shell open on a counter with a ruler between the shells


My grandson found this in a small creek in the township of New Denmark. His name is Nolan Larsen. I thought it very large for such a small creek. Is this unusual?

David Larsen

Conservation biologist Lisie Kitchel replied: "Very cool – great find! This is called a giant floater – scientific name Pyganodon grandis. As the name implies, they can get quite large and occur in all kinds of waterbodies from small streams to big rivers to lakes."

Twin boys in orange hats and vests each holding antlers of deer they shot


My wife and I took our twin 9-year-old grandsons (Austin on the left and Hunter, right) out for the 2019 youth deer hunt. We are from Beloit, and we travel to the small town of Babcock in Jackson County every year for deer hunting. This year was the first year our grandsons were available to participate in the youth deer hunt but it won't be the last. The boys had a great time and both harvested their first bucks on Saturday, Oct. 5. A big "thank you" to the DNR for giving us this opportunity.

Ben Brockman


I really enjoyed reading the article about Tony Wise and his Telemark Lodge in the Winter 2019 issue ("Back in the day") as it brought back lots of special memories of time spent there many years ago. My wife and I spent several short winter vacations on the cross-country ski trails including the Esker Trail that was one of our favorites. There were also a couple of very large hills on the many available trails that we had to challenge from time to time albeit not always successfully. We always enjoyed ending a day of skiing by relaxing in front of that huge stone fireplace just inside the front door of the lodge.

Norm Hanson
Roseville, Minnesota

Little blonde boy in swimsuit and T-shirt playing with toys on a beach


Our family has been long time subscribers of the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, and we love reading it from cover to cover! Our sincere thanks to you and your entire staff for your endless energy in putting everything together to create such a beautiful magazine.

After reading the Fall 2019 issue, "Of Lands and Lighthouses," I wanted to share this picture with you and your readers. This is a photo of our oldest son, Jordan, taken in 1988 on Rock Island. The blue sky, dotted by a few white clouds, the crystal clear water and gorgeous sand beach made for an incredible photo 31 years ago! My husband and I and our three children have been visiting Rock Island and Door County every year since, and we treasure every moment we spend there.

Liz and Karl Klessig
Cleveland, Wisconsin


While I always enjoy the entire magazine, I just had to write this time and tell you how much my husband and I enjoyed the "Masters of Mother Nature" (Winter 2019) article! So much good information in short but informative pieces. Wish you could cover more animals and nature.

One other thing, and I'm sure you can't do this, but I would love a warning on the cover or inside page if there are any pictures of snakes! I'm so terrified of them and hate when I turn a page and there it is! I swear every issue has at least one picture. Thanks for your excellent work!

Maggie Christens

Thanks for writing, Maggie. While we can't promise a "snake-free" edition, we always appreciate hearing from our readers and even more so when we know we've given them content they find interesting.

Man in shorts removing a turtle from a golf-course green


Given the recent rash of publicity referencing "please help migrating turtles cross the road," I thought your magazine might want to take advantage of an image I took at the WIAA State Boys Golf Tournament (last June). Consider it my gift to the DNR.

Mary Langenfeld

Bees in a garden with white and purple flowers


In September, my wife's flower bed filled with cosmos flowers seemed to be a really big hit with the bumble bees. Must be 50-plus swarming the flowers!

Doug and Karen Kurschner
Lower Turtle Lake

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